Bret Bielema thinks the SEC will have a 'minimum' of two teams in the College Football Playoff

Sam Cooper
Bielema optimistic following spring at Arkansas
FILE - In this April 20, 2013, file photo, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema watches his team warm up before of a spring NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark. Bielema felt much more at ease at Arkansas in his second spring with the program. With the spring completed, the Razorbacks coach now hopes that comfort level translates into more wins for the school next season. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson, File)

It came as a shock when Bret Bielema, after leading Wisconsin to three straight Rose Bowls, decided to leave Madison to take the head coaching gig at Arkansas in December 2012. Bielema’s squad struggled to a 3-9 record in his first year with Arkansas in the SEC, but that did not quell Bielema’s usual boldness at the SEC’s spring meetings on Tuesday.

With college football transitioning to a four-team playoff, Bielema thinks that the SEC will be well-represented in year one of the College Football Playoff.

The SEC has had two of the top four finishers in the BCS rankings in each of the last three seasons, so two teams advancing to the Playoff is not a completely farfetched idea, but I don’t see Bielema’s Razorbacks finishing near the top of the rankings any time soon.

The SEC is widely considered the best league in the country, but with its teams beating up on one another as much as they do, a “minimum” of two teams making it is definitely a stretch. Three or four teams from one conference making it to the Playoff does not seem likely and the comment sounds silly coming from Bielema, who is still looking for his first conference win as an SEC coach.

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